Eagle Hill School
OverviewP.O. Box 116, 242 Old Petersham Road Hardwick, Massachusetts, United States 01037
Eagle Hill School is a private co-ed college preparatory boarding school for students with learning disabilities in grades 8-12 who demonstrate average to above average cognitive ability.
phone: view phone413-477-6000
Eagle Hill School is a private co-educational college preparatory boarding school for students with learning disabilities in grades 8-12. Specific learning differences include: Dyslexia, Language Based Learning Disability, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disability. Eagle Hill School also offers a five week academic and recreational summer camp for students ages 10-18 who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Eagle Hill School is the preeminent private high school for students with learning disabilities and ADHD who demonstrate average to above average cognitive ability. Please inquire for more information or visit Eagle Hill School's learning disability resources.
Our mission: Eagle Hill School educates students with learning (dis)abilities by providing an intimate and encouraging community that honors the individual, values learning diversity, and fosters personal and social growth.
Over the last forty years Eagle Hill School has steadfastly challenged and redefined the conventional wisdom regarding the education of students with learning (dis)abilities. Today, the genius of the Eagle Hill philosophy remains its simplicity. As you have probably inferred from my use of parentheses around the prefix “dis,” our philosophy is grounded in the belief that our students are not disabled at all. To understand the difficulties that they have faced in other academic settings requires a careful look at the unfortunate and limiting ways in which most schools view their students.
At Eagle Hill School, we understand that our students are blessed with multiple learning abilities and that it is our responsibility as educators to identify, celebrate, and support each student in capitalizing on his or her individual genius. Moreover, instead of merely providing support within a traditional classroom setting, Eagle Hill School designs classes around each student’s particular strengths and needs. By emphasizing individualized attention within the context of a small classroom environment, Eagle Hill provides for the academic, social, and personal growth of each student.
Every student deserves the opportunity to experience all that the academic journey has to offer. The Department of Student Life has been designed to provide a comfortable environment that both reinforces the lessons taught during the class day and encourages our students to explore their extracurricular and personal interests.
Eagle Hill School fosters a spirit of community and encourages involvement and engagement both in and out of the classroom. Students develop and nurture life skills necessary for college and beyond through participation in a residential program that is much more than the dormitories on campus.
Athletics, clubs, activities and weekend trips are specifically chosen to challenge and inspire our students to find new strengths. Every student should feel comfortable with the person they are today while they find the person they will become.
Statement of Mission
Eagle Hill School educates students with learning (dis)abilities by providing an intimate and encouraging community that honors the individual, values learning diversity, and fosters personal and social growth.
Eagle Hill School believes:
-that every student can learn.
-that every person who interacts with a student is a teacher.
-that learning differently demands teaching differently.
-that the foremost responsibility for pedagogical decisions lies with individual teachers.
-that all teachers should have the necessary resources for implementing the curriculum.
-that parent partnerships are an essential component in the pursuit of academic and social development.
-that we must encourage students to learn about learning and to form their own beliefs in a search for intellectual autonomy.
-that the exploration of the arts and exposure to athletics are essential components in the development of independent, curious, and critical thinkers.
-that we must impart to our students a sense of moral responsibility for their thoughts and actions in the hope that they will strive to be citizens tolerant of the differences in the world that they will inherit.
Admissions - SSA Required: No
Admissions - Standard Admissions Application: No
Academic Year Study Abroad: No
Intensive Language Programs: No
Intersession Programs: No
Semester Study Abroad: No
Summer Programs: Yes
Volunteer Programs: No
Type: Alternative/Other School
Co-Ed Status: Co-Ed
Lowest Grade: 8th Grade
Highest Grade: 12th Grade
Total Enrollment: 181
Student Per Teacher: 5
Percent Boarding: 92%
Courses and Classes: Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology, British and World Literature, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Literacy, Digital Photography and Graphics, Digital Video Production, Earth Science, English, Entrepreneurship , Environmental Science, Finding Your Path, Fine Art, French, Geography and World Cultures, Geometry, Journalism, Latin, Literary Analysis and Composition, Modern U.S. History, Modern World Studies, Music Appreciation, Personal Finance, Physical Education, Physical Science, Physics, Pre-Algebra, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry, Psychology, Reaching Your Academic Potential, Relationships, Skills for Health, Spanish, U.S. and Global Economics, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, Web Design, World History
Special Needs Support: Developmental Needs, Learning Needs
Sports and Athletics: Basketball, Fencing, Frisbee, Golf, Soccer, Wrestling
Visual and Performing Arts: Acting, Ceramics, Choral Music, Composition, Dance, Drawing, Film & video, Jewelry, Lighting design, Music history, Music theory, Painting, Production, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Set design, Song writing, Theatre design, Visual and Applied Arts, Voice/Vocal/Singing
Languages Taught: French, Latin, Russian, Spanish
Associations: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
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